This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, #BreakTheBias could not have come at a better time. The state of gender equality across STEM industry, continues to be an area of serious concern as fewer than 30% of researchers worldwide are women, according to data from the UNESCO. As a typical STEM worker earns two thirds more than non-STEM workers, giving women equal opportunities to pursue STEM careers helps narrow the gender pay gap and would be a major contribution to the achievement of ‘Sustainable Development Goal 5: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’.
From Marie Curie’s research in radioactivity and Rosalind Franklin’s work in discovering DNA, to Malaysia’s first astrophysicist, Emerita Professor Tan Sri Dr Mazlan Othman who pioneered the country’s participation in space exploration; history is full of women who made enormous contributions to the field of science. However, according to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), fewer than 30% of researchers worldwide are women and only 30% of female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.
The British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM to support women wishing to pursue postgraduate study in science, technology, engineering or maths at a university in the UK is now open for application. In conjunction with the scholarship launch and to celebrate the International Women’s Day 2022, Science Media Centre (SMC) Malaysia collaborates with the British Council in Malaysia and Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC) to host “Celebrate the Difference: Women in STEM Webinar 2022” happening 5 March 2022, 4:30pm MYT.
The Eco-Heart Index, as one would imagine, uses the shape of the heart to indicate the quality of the water, in which each shape indicates a different situation for that particular river. A full-plotted heart shape shows that the water is clean whereas broken-hearted shapes such as ‘thin heart’, ‘rabbit ear’, ‘finger’ and ‘diamond’ show the different degrees of water pollution - more 'broken hearts' indicate that these sites are developed and populated by humans.
From drones to robotics to biopharmacy, local technology solutions providers such as Biogenes, Poladrone, Techcare Innovation, Ethovent, Medika Natura and Bioapps Sdn Bhd are playing a crucial role in accelerating Industry 4.0 in Malaysia. Supported by the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) as part of its ecosystem and through its various programmes, these startups are charting the future of innovation.
From a young girl who loves reading anatomy books and pretends to be a doctor with stethoscopes during playtime, Dr Amalina Che Bakri is now living out her childhood dreams of helping people and making a difference. In a recent Smart Talk Webinar Series 2021-2022 hosted by The British Council, Dr Amalina shared her personal experience about her tertiary education and career journey in the UK.
Inhaled or aerosol vaccine delivery which mimics the natural route of COVID-19 infection, has attracted significant attention for the management of the disease and several clinical trials have been registered. The advent of inhalation as a potential route for vaccination of COVID-19 has a number of plusses compared to conventional administration. Nonetheless, several challenges need to be addressed.
A line-up of thought-provoking speakers among British and Malaysian talents will share their experiences of living and studying in the UK. These outstanding individuals will provide insights into how their time in the UK nurtured them into the persons they are today, as well as how they found success in their respective industries.
In 2013, Azman Yeop Akil entered the Malaysian Book of Records as the first disabled Malaysian to cycle more than 1,000km with a bionic leg. Azman is proof that with the help of prosthetics, the sky's the limit. And since then, Bioapps Sdn Bhd has been testing out various versions of the technology – from prosthetic legs fitted with sensor technology to a fully robotic ankle-foot prosthesis, the BioApps RoMicP™.
What started out as a fun project for Ganesh Muren during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the creation of Malaysia's first-of-its-kind semi-ventilator, Ethovent, an automated bagging machine, to assist patients with breathing difficulties. As hospitals and medical frontliners grappled with a shortage of ventilators following the increasing number of patients amid the Covid-19 spread, Ganesh saw the opportunity to introduce the technology.